2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja

SKU #1112151 92 points James Suckling

 This has a beautiful depth of fruit with spice and dark fruits. Hints of parsley and cilantro. Full and super silky with a long and beautiful finish.  (5/2013)

K&L Notes

Composed of the same grapes in the same percentages as the Crianza, the Reserva is a barrel selection of wines that Angel feels can undergo longer aging in barrel and then in bottle. Aged a total of 27 months in barrels, then into concrete for more than a year, the Reserva also sees bottle aging until Angel deems it ready for release. This wine ramps up the intensity of the Crianza, with more pungent fruit as well as a real spicy and wild quality. In a vintage as good as 2005, this wine is likely to improve for quite a long time. As with many of the best Riojas, though, this wine is quite delicious right now if you want to drink some bottles while you wait for other bottles in your cellar to mature.

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By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2017 | Send Email
There's a good reason why so many of my colleagues have given praise to this wine. Not only is it a fantastic Rioja value, it has plenty bottle age and is drinking beautifully right now. Black tea, fresh herbs and earth is intertwined with lovely red fruits, firm tannins and a long, dry finish.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2017 | Send Email
So, so, good, this 2005 Lesmos Reserva! Having recently re-tasted the wine, I can say that it still shows intense, bright fruit, all the while with great aged nuances as well. Piercing dark cherry fruits and dark chocolate aromas on the nose lead to some terrific flavors on the palate. Adding to the strong attack and mid-palate intensity is a lengthy finish, tinged with salinity and a subtle woodsy,/littoral quality. Rich, layered, and begging another sip, this tastes like it should be, conservatively 2-2.5x more expensive than it is. Drink now or cellar with confidence for another decade.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2017 | Send Email
Consistently one of my favorite wines in our Spanish selection! This small winery in Laguardia is one of the gems that buyer Joe Manekin brings in directly from Rioja Alaveza. Thankfully for us, they have deep cellars, with plenty of older vintages like this 2005 to charm drinkers! 2005 was one of the greatest Rioja vintages in recent history, and this little Reserva wears its bottle age beautifully. The wine is full bodied with dark fruits and softened tannins, the aromas are of leather, exotic spice, and blackberry. On the palate the wine has great length, and still shows fresh vibrant fruit, with just the right amount of softening and mellowing influence from its time in the cellar.

By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2016 | Send Email
One of my absolute favorite Riojas! Dry, savory and spicy. It has predominantly red fruit red plums), bright acidity, low but firm tannins, incredibly long finish that just never quits. Amazing wine to pair with lamb.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2016 | Send Email
Over ten years old, with lots of potential and only $20, I love this wine! A very complex nose that you just keep going back to over and over. On the palate it is medium full with much more intensity than you would expect for any wine in this price point.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2016 | Send Email
Classic Rioja from a celebrated vintage, this lush Tempranillo shows some cherry and earthiness on the nose but finishes with deep elegant fruit, leather, fennel, softer spice, and that caskiness Spanish fans love from a good Reserva. I am always in the Lesmos camp but this release in particular impressively over-delivers — unbelievable value for less than twenty bucks!

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2015 | Send Email
What happens when you combine great flavors of rich, fleshy dark fruit, leather, and cocoa with great tannins and decent age? You charge an arm and a leg, right? Not so, with Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja! This gem is drinking great, and you won’t have to skimp on the perfect steak to accompany it!

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2015 | Send Email
With a decade of age, it is remarkable how much complexity and depth has developed in this decidedly underpriced bottling from Rioja. Maybe it's the excellent vintage, or maybe it's the traditional winemaking technique of the producer, but either way, this is a phenomenal effort that continues to reveal its layers of flavor (red currants, dried cherry, fennel, mushroom, and thyme to name a few) by the minute. While this could easily age another 5-7 years, it is in a superb window right now for pairing with lamb or Spanish morcilla. The price point is just stupid - it might be the best $20 wine in the store right now.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2015 | Send Email
This wine at this price almost seems to be a mistake. Beautiful and balanced the wine greets the nose with ripe dark fruit and hints of smoke and chocolate. The palate is full and lush, with a little tobacco spice blending into the ripe berry notes. Fine tannins complement the body and lead to an excellent lingering finish. A delicious Rioja from an amazing year and at a price that allows you to drink a few.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2015 | Send Email
Rioja fans take note! When "wine geeks" say that great bargains can be found in Spanish wines, this is exactly what they are taking about. At 20 bucks, you'll get a delicious example of a reserva from the excellent 2005 vintage! The wine is the color of deep maroon and radiates the scent of cherry soda and sandalwood. On the palate, the flavors are more restrained, with notes of dark fruit reminiscent of fig and plum. Slightly peppered with clove and hints of tobacco, the body is medium, silky, and round with just enough fine tannin to keep everything delicately in balance. This is super drinkable tonight, and definitely worth putting a few bottles in your cellar for years to come. Super recommended!

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2015 | Send Email
I love Rioja! With a vintage like 2005 you can't go wrong. This is very traditional bottle with wonderful earth and spice. The oak is very well integrated, so it is not over powering the plush fruit and spice on the palate. Rounded out by good acidity and super dry finish. Perfect for lamb or the next taco truck you hit.

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2015 | Send Email
Roasted herb, leather, and iron meet up with salty, balsamic, caraway notions, and light shadings of toasted coconut, on the nose. Somewhat fresher than the nose might lead you to believe, the dusty fruit on the palate is still well seasoned with spice and anise. The tannins are fairly gentle, though sufficient to imagine a future for this wine: whether you hold it will be down to how patient you are! The acidity, while there, never makes its presence obvious. Great Riserva for a great price!

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2013 | Send Email
A great deal in traditional Rioja, this wine is full of red fruit, spice and earthy undertones. This wine has the structure to last quite a while, yet it is drinking beautifully now. All for $20!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2013 | Send Email
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Absolutely classic old-school Rioja! Earthy goodness with concentrated fruit and spice. The wine is very food orientated, dry, structured and with bright acidity. If a rack of lamb is in your future, this wine should be too!
Top Value!

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2012 | Send Email
One of the best Rioja's I have had this year. Hailing from a warmer '05 vintage, this wine has in the moment appeal, as well as the depth and structure to last for another 10 without breaking a sweat. Red fruit and spice are wrapped together to form a wine of intesity and intrigue.

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/26/2012 | Send Email
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From my favorite Rioja producer, this stunning, complex, high-profiled “Reserva” offers all the elements that I look for in a great wine: an opulent bouquet, abundant structure and depth, exceptional mid-range, focus, a broad and powerful fruit presentation, and a finish that is satisfyingly long and warm. Medium deep ruby in color, the nose is loaded with an anise spiciness in concert with currant and cassis-like fruit characteristics, with undercurrents of game and mild toasty notes. All of these remarkable features carry over to its extraordinary set of flavors and overall presentation. This Gem will age easily for another ten to fifteen years, but you will find it difficult to keep your hands off of it for the near term once you taste it. Rusty has anointed this wonderful Gem as one of our house reds for however long it is around and has ordered me to buy cases of it for our cellar. 13.5% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2028

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2012 | Send Email
Stunning value for a fantastic Rioja. Very classic, soft spices, incense, raisins. Medium tannins, delicious and ready now, but it will age beautifully still.

Additional Information:



- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.


Alcohol Content (%): 14